If your nest isn’t as full as it once was, or you find you’ve accumulated a few too many things during COVID, consider decluttering. Having less clutter in your living space and better organization can help make a world of difference. If you’ve accumulated more possessions than you need over the last year and a half, consider these strategies for tidying up after COVID.
It’s easy for the kitchen to get cluttered with things that don’t belong there, like a book someone was reading at the kitchen table or important documents that someone put on the counter after they got them from the mailbox. The first step is to remove items that don’t belong in the kitchen. Next, organize what is supposed to be there by how often you use it. Things you use daily can go on top of surfaces, things you use weekly can go in top drawers or at the front of cabinets, and things you use less frequently can go in the harder-to-reach places.
Many people stopped wearing work clothes during COVID and may never go back. Take it one clothing type at a time, moving from shoes to casual wear to business wear. It’s easier to figure out which pairs of jeans to get rid of if you’re looking at all your jeans at once. If there are two items that are very similar to each other, consider donating one of them. If you have trouble deciding what clothes you don’t need, think about if you’ve worn the item in the past year – if not, consider donating it.
Go through old papers to see which you need to keep and which you can throw out. Make a folder for important financial documents, another for papers with sentimental value, and consider getting rid of the rest. Other important documents can be digitized and stored on a flash drive to save space. Once your living space is all set, you might move onto the outside and tend to your garden.
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